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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Sane's brace enough as City dump Baggies out

West Brom 1 Man City 2

Manchester City's Leroy Sane
Manchester City's Leroy Sane

Leroy Sane booked Manchester City’s place in the League Cup fourth round after they survived a scare at West Brom.

The winger's brace kept Pep Guardiola's side on track in the competition as they clinched a deserved 2-1 win. Claudio Jacob's second-half equaliser briefly threatened to take the tie into extra time and make a mockery of City's dominance after they almost ran riot in the first half.

Sane, Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Eliquim Mangala almost put the game out of sight before the break but were let down by bad finishing or thwarted by the excellent Ben Foster.

Albion made it more of a contest in the second half and Hal Robson-Kanu hit the post in injury time. But City's night was tarnished after Ilkay Gundogan limped off on his first start since December following a serious knee injury.

He was forced off following a tackle from Yacob which left boss Guardiola upset on the touchline.

The Germany international was one of eight changes from the 6-0 rout of Watford. And he had an instant impact, playing a major part in Sane's third-minute opener as City continued their hot streak, having scored 15 goals in their previous three games.

Albion levelled on 72 minutes when Yacob scored his first goal in four years as he cashed in on slack marking to volley in Kieran Gibbs' corner.

City, however, broke to win the tie with 13 minutes left. Bernardo Silva led the charge to find Sane and the German curled a superb effort into the top corner from 17 yards.

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